Online MBA Degrees – A Guide

If you are looking for a kick-start to your career or planning your future prospects, chances are that you might be considering an MBA degree. Whether you need to improve your learning potential or choose a challenging career that will keep you excited over the years, an MBA is the right choice. But for many, pursuing an MBA degree might not be possible due to lack of time, other commitments or even financial constraints. As a solution to all these problems, an online MBA program is your best bet. An online MBA degree will allow you to study at your own time and pace, work part or full time through the program, earn while you learn and is also reliably cheaper than other traditional MBA courses available. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection and you are ready to begin.

But, you will soon realize that there are several online degree programs available and choosing the correct one for you can be quite a tricky process. There are certain things you must check out before enrolling for an online MBA program and these include:

o Will future employees accept your online degree program? An online MBA will only be accepted if it is earned from a college or institution that is accredited by the required agencies. Only if the school is accredited, will the degree count for anything in the job market. Be careful of fly by night schools that promise you a degree without any effort or at extremely low fees. Always verify the program before signing up for any course.

o What is the student support available by the online school? Contact the admissions office to find out what contact channels are available to online students. Does the college offer only email communication or provide for forums, chat rooms and online tutorials? Are there professional advisors available for online students? Will the financial aid office of the college extend its support to online students as well?

o What are the means of imparting education with regards to a particular online degree program? You need to check how the school will deliver the lessons and whether the course material is available 24/7 to you online. This is especially important if you are planning to work and study simultaneously. If there is a facility to interact with other students and faculty online, getting an online degree will be made easier.

o What is the cost of the online MBA degree? You need to check on regular tuition fees along with possible extra charges such as examination fees, special tutorials, library fees, etc. In this way you can make a budget for your education and look at aid options or cheaper alternatives in case the costs are too prohibitive. If you are working and completing your MBA at the same time, your employer may defray a portion of your fees. The cost of tuition for online MBA programs varies from college to college so shop around before making …

Science is Admitting When You Are Wrong

Have you ever noticed that folks get amnesia; it includes you and me,

when we have to say, the results are in, and I was wrong.

Neuroscientists go against type (Homo sapiens), and immediately publish

to the world when their research indicates they are on the wrong side

of the issue.

It does not matter how ancient and venerated the principle, these guys

find the biggest and baddest Journal and go public with the new findings faulting

their previous thinking.

It occurred recently for the treatment for ulcers, the two Australians got the Nobel. They were wrong about neurogenesis, growth of new brain cells, and neuroplasticity, changes in the function and structure of the brain.

Even the Federal Drug Administration admitted in 2007 some of their drug approvals were killing (heart attacks) the users.

For about three centuries the pro forma principle behind human decision-making, according to the international scientific community, was labeled cognitive, based on a reasoning Cost-Benefit-Analysis.

Philosophers and scientists agreed it separated us from other species, and played out in the advancements of western civilization. We think and act, and are not the puppets of our emotions and instincts.

Decision-Making

Professors Antonio and Hanna Damasio, in the year 2,000, while at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, published an article called Emotion, Decision Making and

the Orbitofrontal cortex.

They opposed the iconic vision of Homo sapiens as the embodiment of logic, reason and analysis, by what they called the Somatic Market Hypothesis. It is a fancy name

for adding your right-brain emotions and feelings to your left-brain reasoning skills.

The Damasios go on to propose emotions are represented by changes in your body state. For the geniuses: specifically two areas in your brain; your somatosensory cortex and your orbitofrontal cortex.

Who Cares

First, emotions and instincts occur through your right brain, and are at a non-conscious level (no awareness).

Second, your mental imagery is deeply involved in decision-making. When you

are beset by negative images, you decide differently than when your mental movies

are positive and offer successful reinforcement. Remember, images precede your

feelings and emotions, and result in different behaviors. Think about it.

One more once. Your orbitofrontal cortex is the basis of your reasoning,

logic and lineal Cost-Benefit Analysis. But it is only one piece of the jigsaw

puzzle.

Amygdala

It is your Amygdala, located in the Limbic system of your brain,

and responsible for your emotions and feelings, plus your somatosensory/insula

cortices,and peripheral nervous system, that are the other critical

structures for decision making. It is left and right brain integration.

When you say humans are reasoning creatures, I think, therefore I am, (according to Decartes), you quote the science of yesterday. The Damasios were the first to focused on the relationship between emotion, decision making and working memory.

They feared not the wrath of the scientific establishment in contradicting

the undisputed knowledge of a up to three centuries of science. They chose to destroy the myth of human cognition as the core …